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Preparing for Wisconsin Winter Driving

Posted on in Car Accidents

Wisconsin accident attorney, accident liability, Wisconsin injury lawyerTraffic accidents occur for a number of reasons. Distracted driving, impaired driving, and violation of traffic laws typically top the list of most common causes of accidents. Last year, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation reported nearly 120,000 motor vehicle crasheswith approximately 21,000 of them being speed-related and approximately 5,000 being alcohol-related.

However, there are other factors that affect drivers’ safety on the road such as weather conditions. It is not uncommon for Milwaukee drivers to experience harsh winter weather including cumulative snowfall of more than 60 inches per year.

Those native to Wisconsin may already be aware of what to do to winterize their vehicles, but it is important to keep these winter tips in mind to ensure safer driving during the colder months:

  • Check tires. Make sure tires are properly inflated for the best traction on the road. This is important as roads become slick with precipitation. Consider snow tires for additional traction especially during the winter months.
  • Replace wiper blades. If wiper blades are worn and there is no washer fluid, it can cause problems with visibility even during light snow or rain.
  • Measure antifreeze levels. Having the right antifreeze mixture prevents it from freezing even at the coldest of temperatures. Next time you take your car in for an oil change or a regular checkup, ask to have the antifreeze checked as well.
  • Prepare for an emergency. No one likes the idea of being stranded on the road during a winter storm, but it does happen. Be prepared by having a few items in your car such as blankets, extra layers of clothing, water, non-perishable food, in addition to a road safety kit with items including flares and jumper cables.

Weather can be unpredictable and cause hazards on the road leading to accidents. If you or someone you know have been injured in a car accident, contact an experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorney today for a consultation. You may be eligible for compensation.

Sources:

http://aos.wisc.edu/~sco/clim-history/7cities/milwaukee.html#Precip http://today.com/id/15940164/ns/today-money/t/simple-ways-get-your-car-ready-winter/#.VGo7LzCJOuY;

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